Is London bigger than New York?

David Girones

Is London bigger than New York

This type of question where we compare two cities is quite common, as an example Is London bigger than New York? Sometimes it is difficult to remember the population of each city or how the population has evolved since the last time we looked at the data. 

London and New York population

Population of London

London, also known as “The Smoke”, according to the 2021 census provided by the Office for National Statistics has a population of 8,799,800 people.

Population of New York

In the case of New York, The Big Apple, the number of people living in the city according to the 2021 census is 8,804,190.

So if your question is:

How big is London compared to New York? 

Considering the population of each city, London is almost identical than New York, according to 2021 census data.
London with 8,799,800 people and New York with 8,804,190, so London has only 4,390.00 less people than New York.

Population trend of London and New York

According to the historical record, since 2000 the population of London has grown by 20.18% and the population of New York has grown by 8.48%.

Taking into consideration that the growth in population of London is bigger than New York, London population will be larger in the long run.

Is London’s total land area bigger than New York?

Usually in a comparative question between two cities we want to know in which city lives more people. However, there is another unit of measurement that also refers to the size of the city and this is the total area.

In the case of the area comparison between London and New York, the total area of London is bigger than New York.

London has a total area of 606.96 sq mi (1,572.03 km²) and New York, The Big Apple, has 300.46 sq mi (778.19 km²).

Which city has a higher population density? London or New York

There is a third metric that is often used to compare cities, which is based on the two data points we presented earlier: population and area.

Population density is obtained by dividing the number of individuals living within a specific location by the total area of the location. In our comparisons as a unit of area we use square miles and km².

If the question we are trying to solve is whether the population density is greater in London or New York, we must inform you that the population density is lower in London.

London Population Density

The density of London, also known as “The Smoke”, is 14,498.15/sq mi (5,597.73/km²). 

Population Density of New York

The population density of New York is 29,302.42/sq mi (11,313.68/km²). 

Population density for both London and New York, has been calculated using only land area, ignoring any water area belonging to the city.

Conclusion on which city is bigger London or New York

As we have been able to observe with the data provided in the comparison between both cities, London is almost the same than New York in terms of population.

On the other hand, in terms of total area London is bigger than New York and if what we take into account is the population density, then we must indicate that the density of London is lower than New York.

London is the most populated city in the United Kingdom, and the second largest in Europe behind Moscow. It will be the third if Istanbul (lying between Europe and Asia)  is counted. It is also the largest city by area in the UK.

London and New York are probably the most important and well known cities in Europe and the US respectively. And as we can see they have almost the same population. New York is bigger taking in consideration 2020 data and smaller if we consider the estimate of 2021. If we compare Metro areas, then the population of New York is much bigger.

Other cities compared with London or New York

Sources Used:

All information regarding number of people and annual population growth is extracted from United States Census Bureau and the Office for National Statistics databases.

The total area data of each city has been extracted from Wikipedia.

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